Marcel Moyse

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Marcel Moyse (May 17, 1889 in St. Amour, France – November 1, 1984 in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States) was a famous French flutist. Many works were composed for Moyse, including the 1934 Flute Concerto by Jacques Ibert. He was also a gifted flute teacher, and authored many studies and exercises for flute.

Marcel Moyse studied at the Paris Conservatory and was a student of Philippe Gaubert, Adolphe Hennebains and Paul Taffanel, all of whom were distinguished flute virtuosos in their time. His trademark tone was clear, flexible and penetrating, enlivened and controlled by a fast vibrato. This was characteristic of the 'French style' of flute playing that was to influence the modern standard for flutists worldwide.

Marcel Moyse taught on the faculty of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, and was a founder of the Marlboro Music School and Festival. He was an inspiring teacher who strove to teach his students not how to play the flute, but to make music. He often performed together with his son, Louis Moyse (1912–2007).[1] Among his many students were Paula Robison, Trevor Wye, William Bennett, James Galway, Carol Wincenc, Eleanor Lawrence, and Jean-Claude Gérard.

He authored many studies, including Tone Development through Interpretation, published by McGinnis & Marx.


  • Études et éxercises technique (1921)
  • Exercises Journaliers (1922)
  • 24 Études de virtuosité d'après Czerny (1927)
  • Mécanisme-chromatisme pour flûte (1927); Éditions Alphonse Leduc
  • École de l'articulation (1927); Éditions Alphonse Leduc
  • 25 Études mélodique (Var) (1928)
  • 12 Études de grande virtuosité d'après Chopin (1928); Éditions Alphonse Leduc
  • 20 Études d'après Kreutzer (1928)
  • 100 Études faciles et progressives d'après Cramer (1928); 2 volumes
  • 24 Petites études mélodique (Var) (1928)
  • De la Sonorité (1934)
  • 25 études Journalier (Op-53) Soussman
  • Gammes et Arpèges (Scales and Arpeggios); Éditions Alphonse Leduc
  • Le Débutant flûtiste (1935)
  • 24 Caprices-études : Boehm Op. 26 (1938)
  • Tone Development Through Interpretation
  • 20 Exercises et études sur les Grandes Liaisons


  • The Complete Works of the Great Flutist – a five CD box set of restored and remastered recordings including his own and Andersen studies, flute solos and chamber music. Note this is not definitive
  • Flute Fantastique
  1. Fantasie brillante for Flute and Piano on Bizet's Carmen
  2. Carnival of the Animals: The swan
  3. Mélodie for Flute and Piano
  4. Madrigal for Flute and Piano
  5. Souvenir de Gand
  6. Fantasie Mélancolique, Op. 1
  7. Suite for Orchestra No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Polonaise
  8. Suite for Orchestra No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie
  9. Andante pastorale et Scherzettino
  10. Syrinx
  11. Andante pastorale et Scherzettino
  12. Fantasie pastorale hongroise for Flute and Piano, Op. 26
  13. L'arlésienne: Suite No. 1: 2nd movement, Menuet
  14. Variations de concert sur le Carnaval de Venise
  15. Orfeo ed Euridice: Les Champs-Elysées
  16. By the Brook
  17. Quartet for Strings No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Andante cantabile
  18. Fantaisie for Flute and Piano
  • Marcel Plays Mozart – Flute and Harp Concerto, Concerto's in D and G, and JS Bach's Flute Piano and Violin Sonata
  • Marcel Moyse and Marlboro Alumni – Very Rare CD in which Moyse Conducts Mozarts Seranade No. 10 in Bflat (Grand Partita) for 13 winds.

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  1. ^ Midgette, Anne (August 9, 2007). "Flutist Louis Moyse Dies at 94". The New York Times. 


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